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April in Amsterdam, it’s early morning and I’m taking a walk through the quiet street of Amsterdam.

Morning in Amsterdam

It is calm and hardly anyone is out, only the street cleaners, refuse collection folks,  a few people on there way to work. You hear the sounds of heels on the cobbles, a few birds an then nothing.

An early morning in Amsterdam

Amsterdam people are a bike riding people there are thousands of them, the streets are narrow and crowded so thank god that they love there bicycles. It would have been absolutely dreadful with cars.


Akbar the great’s Tomb. Sikandara


This is from the a most magical place, Sikandara India. I arrive one early evening to look at the Tomb of Akbar. Jajaluddin Muhammad Akbar son of Humayun and grandson of Babar. The sun was just about to set and the evening was warm and quiet. It’s is something about this place, I cannot say what it is…. Indian Feng Shui I suppose. In the garden in front of the building there were a lot of deers, mazingly beautiful peacocks and monkeys, no flowers but a lot of lush trees.    

Akbar the great ruled 1556-1605. He founded a vast empire from Kabul to Assam and Kashmir to Ahmednagar.

Akbar was a polymath: an architect, artisan, artist, armorer, blacksmith, carpenter, construction worker, emperor, engineer, general, inventor, animal trainer (reputedly keeping thousands of hunting cheetahs during his reign and training many himself), lacemaker, technologist and theologian. WOW!

more from my journey to India…….



Weighing more than two ton each! How did they do it?Building the Pyramids

How were the pyramids built? This question has puzzled scientist for centuries and still continues to puzzle experts today. To date, there has been no documentation or clues that have given Egyptologists answers about the construction of the pyramids. Because there are many theories and ideas as to how the pyramids were constructed, we will cover the most common theory used in constructing the pyramids.

The most common theory for moving large blocks is to slide logs under the large stones to make mobility easier. The block would have been attached to large ropes with people pushing the block forward.  At the same time several men would remove the last log uncovered by the stone. The end log that was removed would then be transported to the front where it would complete the cycle under the stone and the endless cycle would be repeated.

Tyra by the Pyramids

Another brick in the wall….

When the Great Pyramid of Egypt was built it was 146 meters (438 feet) high. Time has worn the pyramid down by 10 meters (30 feet) and it still continues to erode. The pyramid was once covered with limestone that was painted a bright red color. The sides of the pyramid are carefully positioned to point north, south, east, and west. The base of the pyramid has sides that measure 227 meters (681 feet) in length. It was designed so accurately that the error margin between the sides is less then 1 percent.The pyramid is made up of approximately two million blocks of limestone with each weighing more then two tons. It belonged to the Pharaoh Khufu and once held his body. Today, this pyramid is the last wonder of the world that is still standing.

The Pyramids

The pyramids on the Giza plateau. There are many other objects that surround these monstrous masses. Such structures include: boat pits, Queen’s pyramids, mortuary temples, valley temples, mastabas, and the famous Sphinx.

The Sphinx

Text and facts from KingTutOne

Pictures by Tyra